I took my daughter to lunch at La Vie en Rose for her birthday. I could not have picked a more perfect place. I don't know why I haven't heard of this place before. It is wonderful! It's much more elegant than most bistros. Some of the tables have parlor couches for seating. It's in the corner of the historic Idanha building so there is lots of natural light and pleasant city views from every table. It is clean and bright with soft French music playing.
The service was friendly and the food was really good. We started with an appetizer of fresh tomato, basil, and mozzarella on toasted bread soaked in really good balsamic vinegar. I had the 1/2 sandwich 1/2 salad option with the vegetarian melt and the Chef's spinach salad. The melt was good but a tad bit bland. The salad was one of the best salads I have ever had. Absolutely delicious. All of the components were fresh and flavorful. We were told that the most of the ingredients are from the owner's garden or locally sourced. I could tell. My daughter had the cordon bleu sandwich and said it was very good. The portions are quite generous, especially for the price, and the presentation is something one would expect in a fine dining establishment. We wanted to save room for dessert so we both ended up taking part of our meal home. The desserts are exquisite. We shared a slice of chocolate cake with a strawberry cream filling that was to die for. Possibly the best cake I've ever had.
La Vie En Rose is only open for breakfast and lunch (closes at 5) but is the perfect place for celebrating a special event, a romantic meal with a significant other, an impressive first date, taking out of town guests, or to dine solo. There were several solo patrons when we were there. This is an establishment where it is not awkward at all to dine alone.
My first visit will not be my last. I'm sure I will be a regular at La Vie En Rose!
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